News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

Worship services for the Christmas season were wonderful! The church looked beautiful and the music was so lovely and engaging. Thank you so much to everyone involved in preparing the church – it takes many hands, many gifts, many talents, given to the glory of God to make such special services. Thank you to the Altar Guild, Acolytes, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Intercessors, and Ushers. Thank you to everyone who greeted visitors and welcomed them into the service.

We have more special services coming soon, which means more opportunities to serve. Ash Wednesday is only a month away and then, before you know it, Holy Week will be here. This year we will celebrate the Easter Vigil on Saturday night and then celebrate new life on Easter morning. Many hands, gifts, and talents will be needed for all of these services- please prayerfully consider how you can help out.

Maybe you want to learn how to serve the church in a new way? Do you want to offer the chalice at the altar rail? Sing like a angel in the choir? Welcome newcomers as an usher? Lead the congregation in prayers as the Intercessor? Please let the church office know.

I continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Mother Karen

 

Inclement Weather  

In the event of bad weather that includes ice and snow storms causing the roads to be dangerous, be sure to watch the scroll on the local T.V. stations for cancellation information.  While we rarely cancel our Eucharistic services, we may opt for Morning Prayer service.  Please be careful on the roadways if you choose to drive during inclement weather.

Church Office Closed

Please be advised that the church office at the Parish Hall will be closed on Monday January 15 in observation of Martin Luther King Day.  If you need assistance or have a pastoral emergency, please contact Mother Karen on her cell phone at (904)955-7922.

 

Working Together to Help the Homeless

Call it the miracle on Bourbon Street.  Bobby Sharp bought property located at 339 Bourbon Street more than 30 years ago.  During the 70’s, Mr. Sharp rented trailers for those that needed a place to stay.  He also opened a mission in the 342A building.  In 2012 when Mr. Sharp became ill, his daughter Donna Darnell stepped in with the intention of “cleaning the place up” to sell.  She started with preparing a meal for those that she found sleeping outside the mission house.  It was then that she opened her eyes to the fact that Georgetown has a problem with homelessness.  Donna started preparing more meals and somehow the word got to the Hospitality House.  They started bringing sandwiches to the mission house occasionally.  From there, the churches in the community started bringing food by the box-load.  The churches in the community volunteered their time and labor to bring the building at 399 Bourbon Street up to code to use as a men’s shelter and the rental trailers were also used as a men’s shelter for the homeless.  Soon the mission address at 342A was not only a place to worship but a soup kitchen (Emmaus Kitchen) where local churches and Georgetown College sororities and fraternities provide hot meals to the less fortunate.  They now provide hot meals 7 days a week, groceries, clothing, personal hygiene items, laundry and shower access and emergency shelter.  The call to help people in need comes naturally to Donna Darnell, perhaps even genetically, her father, Bobby, who passed away in August 2016, built a reputation for willingness to assist people over the years.  At one time she remembers 21 people staying at their home.  Bette Jo Sharp, the widow of Bobby Sharp,  is a member of the Holy Trinity Parish.

Donna Darnell’s dreams of helping the less fortunate didn’t stop at the miracle on Bourbon Street.  In dealing with the men’s shelter, she saw a desperate need for women and children.  During the school year of 2016-2017, there were 405 school children classified as homeless in Scott County.  There was not an accurate count reflecting the number of homeless women.  Donna knew that the number was large due to the numerous calls received from women needing shelter.  With the help of community volunteers, a much needed shelter was opened in early January at 115 North Water Street.  The cost to run this shelter will be approximately $95,000. per year.  Holy Trinity is proud to sponsor the Journey in Health and Wellness on May 19 which will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Gathering Place.

Holy Trinity volunteers also contribute by providing a meal the 2nd Tuesday of each month since 2012 to those in need of a hot meal. Holy Trinity also had an angel tree at Christmas in which the parish gifted needed items to the Men’s Shelter.  We are very thankful to our volunteers that contribute in making the Gathering Place Men and Women’s Shelters a success story.

Coming Events

Pancake Supper

The Youth Group, with assistance from the men of Holy Trinity, will be hosting a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 13 from 5-7 p.m. Please make plans to attend and support our Youth Group!

Ash Wednesday 

There will be two services held on Ash Wednesday, February 14.  Service times will be 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m.  This is also Valentines Day.

Race for Hope Gala 

A gala benefiting the Gathering Place will be held at Cardome Center on Saturday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m.  The cost to sponsor a table of 10 for this event will be $50.00 per person.  This will be a fun evening full of hope, horses and derby hats.  Your ticket will include catered dinner, cash bar, silent auction, competition for the best derby hat (ladies) and bow tie (gentlemen) and entertainment and much more.  The “Race for Hope”  Gala is hosted to raise awareness and funds to help support the operations for The Gathering Place in the upcoming year.  If anyone  is interested in purchasing tickets for a Holy Trinity table for this event, please contact Donna at the Parish Office as soon as possible.  We will need 10 commitments at $50.00 each to sponsor a table.  Please help to make Holy Trinity more visible in our community while also helping a worthwhile cause.

Opportunities for Involvement

The Defibrillator is Here 

The defibrillator purchased from Defibtech Lifeline Auto AED has arrived at the office!  It’s time to sign up for training.  If you would like to sign up, please call the office as soon as possible for more information.  The training class will last approximately 4 hours and will include CPR certification.

Altar Flowers

The new flower chart for 2018 is now posted in the Narthex of the church.  Please help fill in the vacancies in remembrance, thanksgiving and in celebration of your loved ones.  Schedule early to get the date that is special to you and yours.

 Church Photographer

Do you have a talent for taking photos?  The church needs someone to take photos at church events.  It can be with your phone or with your camera.  Please help to record the many wonderful things that the parish of Holy Trinity participates in.  Please contact Donna at the church office for more information.

Community Rewards Program of Kroger   

We have noticed a decline in our support program through Kroger.  We only have 23 households that have designated Holy Trinity to receive donations through shopping at Kroger.  Please visit the Kroger website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com to insure that you are signed up or follow the instructions to sign up for Holy Trinity to benefit the rewards.  It is no additional cost to you.   The more you shop at Kroger however,  the more benefits Holy Trinity will earn.  If you need help signing up, please contact Donna at the Parish Office for assistance.  Our church number is 10790.

Blessings in a Back Pack

Please sign up to volunteer with the backpack program.  Your help is needed to pack and deliver food bags.  The sign up sheet for volunteers is located in the Parish Hall.  

Scott County Habitat for  Humanity Restore  

Habitat Restore is in immediate need of our TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS!  The resale of your gently used items helps Habitat build safe affordable housing for those in need.  They accept furniture, appliances, building materials, household items, signs and decorations, counter tops, cabinets.  They also accept books, movies, dishes, glassware, pictures, lamps and almost anything except clothing and shoes.  They offer free pickup for items too large to drop off. They are located at 122 Frazier Court in Georgetown.  Phone # 502-863-9200,  Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday and Monday

   

Christmas Decorations

Mysterious Wreaths

Since 1978, beautiful wreaths have appeared on the red doors and the lamp posts at Holy Trinity during the Christmas season.  Other than a few parishioners, no one knew who provided these wreaths.  They add festive and decorative beauty to the church and parish grounds.  The mystery has been solved and we now know who secretly gives to others with the expectation of receiving nothing in return.   His name is David Stuart.  If you would like to acknowledge David for his giving spirit during the season of giving please contact the church office for additional information.

Christmas Poinsettias

The altar area is full of color.  Once again, Laura Schu has delivered beautiful poinsettias in remembrance and in thanksgiving of our loved ones.  Thank you Laura for all that you do!

 

Announcements

Altar Flowers

The new flower chart for 2018 is now posted in the Narthex of the church.  Please help fill in the vacancies in remembrance, thanksgiving and in celebration of your loved ones.  Schedule early to get the date that is special to you and yours.

 Church Office Closed

Please be advised that the church office at the Parish Hall will be closed from December 25- January 2.  If you need assistance or have a pastoral emergency, please contact Mother Karen on her cell phone at (904)955-7922.

Godly Play and Youth Group Schedule for 2018 

Godly Play and Youth Group will resume activities on January 7, 2018.  The schedule for January – May is as follows:

January 7-Story of Abraham

January 14-Story of Sarah

January 21-The Exodus

January 28-The 10 Best Ways

February 4-The Exile and Return

February 11-St. Valentine (and make pretzels)- Joint Class

February 18-Parable of the Good Samaritan

February 25-Parable of the Mustard Seed

March 4-Jesus and the 12 – Joint Class

March 11-Baptism

March 18-St. Patrick – Joint Class

March 25-Build a Better Easter Basket/Holy Week in a Box

April 1-EASTER/Easter Egg Hunt

No Class – April 2-6 Scott County Schools Spring Break

April 8-No Class

April 15-the Good Shepherd and World Communion

April 22-St. Thomas Aquinas

April 29-Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 6-St. Augustine of Hippo

May 13-St. Teresa of Avila

May 20-Last Day of Class – Mystery of Pentecost- Joint Class/Closing Celebration

Sadness in our Parish 

Henry Howell “Beau” Brady, III, 45, Richmond, formerly of Georgetown, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017.  Born in Louisville, Ky, he was the son of the late Henry Howell and Mary Lee Thornton Brady.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.  He served as a mental health therapist, was a published author and enjoyed listening and playing music.  He is remembered as a compassionate and loving person who was dedicated to his fur babies.

A memorial service was held Thursday 12/21 at 3:00 PM at Johnson’s Funeral Home.

Sharing with Others

Cookies for the Children of GCDC

Holy Trinity packaged gingerbread men and candy canes to distribute to 125 children at the Georgetown Child Development Center on Friday, December 22 from 2-5 p.m.  Santa will be there to visit with each of the children also.  A special thanks to Denise Placido, Jackie Hardin, Nancy Anderson, Steve DeBolt and his parents for packaging the goodies and distributing them to the children and to Santa for making the children’s eyes light up with his Ho-ho-ho’s!

Tis the Season

It was a touching experience when Sara Meyer paid a visit to the Parish Hall on Thursday.  Sara and her husband, Michael are both employees at Toyota Motor Manufacturing and as employees they both received a Smithfield Spiral Ham.  They didn’t need both hams for their Christmas dinner so they decided to bring one ham to Holy Trinity to donate to a family in need.  Not only did Sara bring a ham but she brought all the fixings to make a complete Christmas dinner.  Mother Karen delivered the Christmas dinner to a very appreciative family.  Thank you Sara and Michael for paying it forward!

The Gathering Place

The floor around the Angel Tree at Holy Trinity’s Parish Hall is empty now but yesterday the area around it was full of gifts to benefit The Gathering Place.  Nancy Leonard and Laura Schu delivered a car full of items to help those in need at Christmas.  Thank you to all who helped to make Christmas a little brighter this year for the residents of The Gathering Place Mission House.

Blessings in a Back Pack

We are happy to report that the Blessings in a Back Pack book drive was a success.  Each one of the 60 children at Western Elementary received a book as a special treat during the holidays.  Thanks to all who helped to bring a smile on the face of these children during this giving season.  Also, there is a sign up sheet for volunteers in the Parish Hall.  Your help is needed in January to help pack and deliver food bags.

   

 

The Jesse Tree

The “Jesse Tree” Christmas Pageant  

On December 17, the children and youth of Holy Trinity presented a skit about the tradition of the Jesse Tree for Christmas Day morning, December 25, 2005.   

CAST

Caleb McClellan: Grandma

Emily Ferrell: Daughter

Ian Ferrell: Daughter’s Husband, and Guitarist

Joseph Pence: John, Reader 4,5, and 10, Soloist

Eli Cheramie: Reader 1 and 2

Kiera McClellan: Sarah, Reader 3

Sara Franks: Rebekah, Reader 6 and 7

Zachary Franks: Ben, Reader 8 and 9

Grandchildren sitting at the feet of Grandma looking at scrapbooks and ornaments: Amelia Dunn, Isaac Bell, Levi Burleson, Tucker Burleson.

 

*The Jesse Tree Ornaments were made by the Godly Play class children, teachers, and other HT helpers.

*Just as we celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus during Advent and Christmas, we celebrate the children and youth of Holy Trinity during this special season.

 

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa

After the Children and Youth Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 17, Santa made a visit to the Parish Hall to have cocoa and cookies with the children of Holy Trinity.  The children told Santa all the toys that they wanted for Christmas and ate the delicious cookies provided by Denise Placido.  A great time was had by young and not so young!